I have been thinking a lot about a comment DF left the other day:
Everytime you write a review about a place in DC it further solidifies my belief that its one of the worst metro areas in the country to go out to eat.
This is not a post to attack DF’s viewpoint. I think it is a fairly valid one and I can totally understand where he gets that impression. I raked Bar Dupont over the coals last week, but I really think they had it coming. I am not afraid to give a place the what what if they deserve it. Also, I just think DC has a bad rep when it comes to food and it is hard to shake such things. Comparing DC to NY or San Francisco just isn’t fair; they are completely different beasts. There is a lot of really good stuff going on here.
Thusly, I do feel it appropriate to expound on the inherent goodness of one of my favorite restaurants in DC, Proof.
I have written about Proof before, but largely their wine selection. While wine is important, I feel it would be remiss to not mention the food.
Oh GOD, the food. I don’t think a trip to Proof would be complete without the charcuterie plate; every single bite is to be savored. The duck confit, served at lunch, is crispy and decadent. Served on a bed of Asian slaw, it is pretty over the top for a mid day meal, but I will allow it. The pork confit at dinner is just as amazing. The seasonal gnocchi never disappoints; it is light and fluffy, not heavy and leaden. I have dined on moist, but never fatty, duck and perfectly seasoned scallops. The cookie platter is a delight and the wine suggestions are helpful and you never feel like they are gouging you. I have never had bad service; staff is attentive but not overbearing. I adore the sleek, sexy atmosphere. It is chic, but not fussy.
I have a secret for you, too. I have been keeping it for a while, acting extremely selfish. Lean in…mmm, you smell good, kinda woodsy.
What was I saying?
Oh! Right. So, at the bar on weekdays, they have a lunch special…$12 for a glass of wine and a lunch entree. Duck confit and a Malbec for $12?! Come on kids, it really does not get much better than that.
Proof, to me, is pretty much the perfect restaurant. Amazing food, great atmosphere, urban, hip without trying too hard, and most importantly, they care about their customers and want them to come back.
And now on to you…What are you looking for in a restaurant? What do you think is lacking in DC’s food scene? Tell me where you love to eat here or across the country…